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Answer These 10 Questions BEFORE You Buy A Shoeing Rig

Other than shoeing school tuition, there is only one other purchase for a farrier than has a price tag as considerable: your rig. There are many options out there. If your goal is to only trim horses, you can get by with a compact car with a minimal set of tools in the trunk. If you have a multi-purpose vehicle, maybe a trailer is the answer. Or if you are fortunate and are leaving an apprenticeship with a healthy client list, the volume of work may require a good-sized pickup with a body attached.

The luxury of that “dream rig” isn’t a likely reality for someone just out of school or leaving an apprenticeship. Yet, you need a rig if you are going to be a farrier. The variables are many, so after you determine what you can afford with cash or financing, here are other considerations for you to review before you buy.


1. What Are My Needs Vs. My Wants?

A booming music system or seat warmers might be “nice-to-have” options, but when it comes to shoeing rigs, the experts all advise identifying the essentials first.

A well-organized work environment saves time and effort. “One of the first priorities is to determine your work platform, whether you’ll eventually work out of a cap or a trailer,” advises Lou Sposito, president of Stonewell Bodies of Genoa, N.Y. 

“Once I know the general platform, then I can get into the efficiencies of working, such as how often is it practical…

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Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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